Clearly not well versed in the art of anticipation, Codemasters has waited only a day to fully reveal the Dizzy project it teased on Monday. As expected, the beloved anthropomorphic egg is returning to video games. The 1991 title, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, is getting the "HD" treatment on iPhone, iPad and Android starting December 9, cheekily dubbed "Egg-mergence Day" by Codemasters. The game is being developed by DNA Interactive with original project director Paul Ranson at the helm.
As we mentioned yesterday, Dizzy is something of a beloved character in the UK. To learn more about him, we turned to former Joystiq staffer Jem Alexander. According to Jem, Dizzy games are "hard adventure/platforming games" in which "you play an egg who has to solve item-based puzzles to rescue his friends (the yolkfolk)." He elaborated, "And the jumping mechanics were sort of tough so ... they were very hard. You'd die a lot." Fascinating!
Prepare for "Egg-mergence Day" on 9th December as Codemasters Resurrects the Iconic 8-bit Game Hero; Video premiering at www.DizzyGame.com
LEAMINGTON SPA, United Kingdom, Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --DNA Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNA Dynamics, Inc. (Pink Sheets: DNAD), today announced that Dizzy® is back! One of the most fondly remembered games characters from the 8-bit era is set for a HD makeover. Codemasters® excitedly announced today that Dizzy, the eponymous egg-shaped have-a-go hero is returning to game screens in Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, a special edition of the 1991 adventure for iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ devices. The game is due to launch on "Egg-mergence Day" – Friday, December 9, 2011 – and can be seen in the reveal video now showing at www.DizzyGame.com.
After many years of Dizzy fans' requests (including an online petition with thousands of signatures), the cartoon adventurer will be starring in a remake of one of his most popular arcade experiences, first published 20 years ago. In this iOS/Android adaptation, our hero in a whole shell is back in familiar form, complete with red boxing gloves and his trademark somersaults as he ventures forth in an adventure packed with collect-and-solve puzzles in a magical cartoon world.
As ever, his friends, the Yolkfolk, are in trouble and need saving from danger. On this occasion, girlfriend Daisy has been trapped in a mysterious castle while our hero has been locked in an underground dungeon by Rockwart the troll on orders from Evil Wizard Zaks.
To save the day, Dizzy must run and tumble around the kingdom of Keldor. On his journey throughout this magical land, Dizzy will explore underground caves, leap and bound into tree tops, cross the River Styx (which strangely seems to run through Keldor), and bounce all the way up to the far away clouds to assist Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.
On his adventure, Dizzy encounters all kinds of characters, from the Grim Reaper to the Troll-terrorising Fluffles, some needing his help, some offering advice and some simply wanting to bite his hands off. By collecting objects and solving puzzles, the assorted cast will help Dizzy in return as he continues on his quest to rescue his beloved Daisy from the castle.
Dizzy's gaming heritage goes back to 1987 when he was first created by Philip and Andrew Oliver, known as The Oliver Twins (http://www.olivertwins.com), for the original game Dizzy. Now heading Blitz Games Studios, the Olivers have welcomed Dizzy's return.
"It always astounds us what a loyal fan base Dizzy still has," says Philip Oliver. "Even after all these years, people remember Dizzy fondly, and it's great to see him return for his older fans and introduce him to a new generation of gamers."
Adds Andrew Oliver, "Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk was one of the most popular Dizzy titles, and it's exciting to see him making his debut on iOS and Android in time for the holidays."
The iOS and Android editions of Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk are being developed by DNA Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNA Dynamics, with Paul Ranson, the game's original project director, heading development.
"20 years on and Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk remains one of the most memorable games in the series for its puzzles and humor, and it's an absolute pleasure to return to the director's role for this HD edition," says Ranson, Chief Gaming Officer at DNA Dynamics.
"For once, this is a retro classic that doesn't require rose-tinted glasses to appreciate its design and gameplay. Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk is simply a great puzzle-solving romp that has been brought up-to-date with glorious visuals," added Ranson.
Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk will be published by Codemasters on "Egg-mergence Day" – Friday, December 9, 2011 – and available from the App Store(SM) for iPad and iPhone and from Android Market for Android phones and tablets. For the latest on the game, visit www.DizzyGame.com. The game will not, unfortunately, be available on Eggsbox.
The original Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk story (reproduced off the back of a dusty old cassette inlay):
Grand Dizzy was feeling very down one day, so Dizzy and Daisy decided to cheer him up by baking him his favourite food, cherry pie. So off went Daisy to get some cherries from her cupboard but there were none to be seen.
"Pogie's pinched the cherries!" she cried, as she saw Pogie's pawprint in the cupboard, "That darned fluffle. Come here you!" and Pogie promptly darted off into the enchanted forest to escape Daisy's rage.
Dizzy and Daisy headed into the forest to catch Pogie (and replenish their supply of cherries at the same time). However, while searching for Pogie they got lost and found a castle, where they thought they would find help, but it seemed deserted. They looked in the castle for Pogie, but Daisy caught herself on a mystic spinning wheel. She started feeling really sleepy, so she found a bed and went to sleep. "Wake up Daisy, wake up!" shouted Dizzy. But before he could wake her up, Rockwart the troll caught him and locked him up underground...